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Galaxy rally hands Rapids fifth straight loss
by Ridge Mahoney, August 21st, 2014 1AM

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[MLS: Wednesday] A depleted Colorado Rapids defense crumbled under an onslaught from the Galaxy, which twice fought back from two-goal deficits to post a 4-3 win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Wednesday, and San Jose also rallied to get a point in Seattle. The 1-1 draw was good enough, though, to give the Sounders the lead in both the Western Conference and Supporters' Shield races on the first tie-breaker.

MLS WEEK 24: Results:
Wednesday, August 20

Colorado 3 LA Galaxy 4.
COL: Marlon Hairston 14
COL: Edson Buddle (Dillon Powers) 17
LA: Robbie Keane (Dan Gargan) 20
COL: Marc Burch 30
LA: Omar Gonzalez (Landon Donovan) 55
LA: Alan Gordon (Omar Gonzalez) 68
LA: Landon Donovan (Robbie Keane) 80
Att.: 14,011.

Seattle 1 San Jose 1.
SEA: Chad Barrett (Obafemi Martins) 46
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Cordell Cato) 65
Att.: 38,909.

Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane each contributed a goal and an assist and Alan Gordon scored his first goal since returning to the Galaxy in a trade to atone somewhat for an embarrassing 4-1 loss at Columbus last weekend. Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Marlon Hairston and ex-Galaxy forward Edson Buddle in the first 17 minutes and scoring again through Marc Burch on the half-hour, Colorado stumbled to its fifth straight defeat.

Hairston followed up to bang home a rebound for his first MLS goal and three minutes later Buddle headed home a Dillon Powers corner kick, but a defense missing captain Drew Moor as well as Shane O’Neil, who are both injured, couldn’t contain the Galaxy. Keane headed home a Dan Gargan cross, yet still the Rapids took a 3-1 lead into the dressing room at halftime thanks to a thunderous free kick from Burch that slammed against the underside of the crossbar and bounced into the net off goalie Jamie Penedo.

Gonzalez connected with a Donovan corner kick to trim the deficit and then he headed down another corner for Gordon, traded back to L.A. by the Quakes last week, to poke home the equalizer. In between those goals, defender rookie Jared Watts -- who was playing in place of Moor – came up hobbling and had to be replaced by another rookie, Grant Van de Casteele, who hadn’t played a minute in MLS. Donovan glided behind Van de Casteele to score the winner in the 80th minute by latching onto Keane’s through ball and taking his time to clip the ball past keeper Clint Irwin.

The Galaxy has won eight and tied four of its last 14 games. Colorado has conceded 15 goals during its five-game losing streak.



SOUNDERS QUIETED. Chris Wondolowski, paired up front with a rookie making his first MLS start, equalized in the second half as San Jose rallied to earn a 1-1 tie at CenturyLink Field.

After a scoreless first half, Seattle attacked from the second-half kickoff and scored in the first minute when Obafemi Martins slipped a ball behind the back line that Chad Barrett drilled into the net for his seventh goal of the season. Rookie Tommy Thompson’s work and mobility helped the Quakes get back in the game, and they tied it up when substitute Cordell Cato escaped the marking of DeAndre Yedlin on the left back to center a ball Wondolowski tapped in at the back post.

Seattle’s point moved it into a tie with Real Salt Lake for first place in the Western Conference and with RSL and Sporting Kansas City in the Supporters' Shield race. Both the Sounders and the Quakes play road matches on Sunday. Seattle is at Portland and San Jose is in Philadelphia.

MLS WEEK 24: Schedule:
Friday, August 22

9 p.m. ET
FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake, NBCSN
Saturday, August 23
7 p.m. ET
New York vs. Montreal
Toronto FC vs. Chicago
7:30 p.m. ET
Columbus vs. Houston
New England vs. Chivas USA
8:30 p.m. ET
Sporting KC vs. D.C. United
10:30 p.m. ET
LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver
Sunday, August 24
5 p.m. ET
Portland vs. Seattle, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
8 p.m. ET
Philadelphia vs. San Jose, UDN

MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
42 Sporting KC 12-6-6 36/23
40 D.C. United 12-7-4 36/26
32 Toronto FC 9-8-5 33/34
30 Columbus
7-8-9 32/32
28 New York 6-7-10 35/34
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27 New England 8-12-3 30/36
27 Philadelphia 6-9-9 36/39
25 Houston 7-12-4 25/42
25 Chicago
4-6-13 29/35
17 Montreal 4-14-5 23/41

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
42 Seattle 13-7-3 39/31
42 Real Salt Lake 11-4-9 38/28
39 FC Dallas 11-7-6 43/32
37 LA Galaxy 10-5-7 39/26
33 Vancouver 7-4-12 33/29
-----------------------------------------
30 Colorado 8-11-6 37/39
30 Portland 7-7-10 39/39
25 San Jose 6-9-7 26/28
24 Chivas USA 6-11-6 21/36
------------------------------------------------
MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
18 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
16 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
14 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
13 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
11 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
11 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
10 Will Bruin, Houston
10 Gyasi Zardes, LA Galaxy
10 Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia
9 Federico Higuain, Columbus
9 Clint Dempsey
, Seattle
9 Chris Wondolowski, San Jose

MLS WEEK 25: Schedule:
Wednesday, August 27

10:30 p.m. ET

LA Galaxy vs. D.C. United
Friday, August 29
8 p.m. ET
Sporting KC vs. Houston, NBCSN
Saturday, August 30
4 p.m. ET
Seattle vs. Colorado
5 p.m. ET
Toronto FC vs. New England
7:30 p.m. ET
Montreal vs. Columbus
8:30 p.m. ET
Chicago vs. FC Dallas
10:30 p.m. ET
San Jose vs. Real Salt Lake
Vancouver vs. Portland
Sunday, August 31
2:30 p.m. ET
D.C. United vs. New York, NBCSN
8 p.m. ET
Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy, UDN



1 comment
  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: August 21, 2014 at 10:42 p.m.
    Just the way that you worded the whole SEA-SJC game starting with the SOUNDERS QUIETED... Got to blazes, Mahoney.


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